Board of Directors

Alle Ries (Board Chair)

Vice President, New Jersey Regional CRA Officer
M&T Bank
Paramus, New Jersey

Ms. Ries joined NJCC’s Board in 2007 and is currently Board Secretary, Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee, and a member of the Policy Committee. Ms. Ries is Vice President of the Community Reinvestment Group and New Jersey Regional CRA Officer at M&T Bank. Previously, Ms. Ries served as Director of Community & Economic Development at La Casa de Don Pedro, a 40 year old community-based organization that provides services to residents of Newark’s North End. In this capacity, Ms. Ries oversees the organization’s affordable housing and commercial revitalization, community planning and organizing, and housing counseling programs. Ms. Ries’ background includes significant experience in urban development, politics, and community organizing. Ms. Ries is also active with a number of civic and business organizations, including Women in Housing and Finance.

Gregg B. Gunselman (Board Treasurer)

Chief Risk Officer, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
JPMorgan Chase
New York, New York

Mr. Gunselman joined NJCC's Board in 2015. He is Chief Risk Officer for J.P. Morgan Asset Management. As CRO, he is responsible for assessing and managing risks that emanate from the Global Investment Management and Global Wealth Management businesses. Gunselman is a member of the Risk Operating Committee and the Asset Management Operating Committee. Gunselman most recently served as head of the Regulatory Capital Management Office, where he was responsible for the measurement and management of the firm’s capital adequacy, strategic capital planning and global capital stress testing. He was also responsible for the firm’s Corporate Planning and Analysis and Corporate Finance Analytics teams, where he supported global financial budgeting and forecasting, as well as broad strategic initiatives. Previously, Gunselman worked as a client coverage executive in the Corporate & Investment Bank’s Financial Institutions Group, where he provided M&A, debt, equity capital markets and broad-based strategic advisory services to leading global banks and large- and small-cap U.S.- based financial institutions. Gunselman joined JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2002 and has held senior positions in Finance and Treasury, including CFO of Global Treasury, prior to his role in the Financial Institutions Group. Before joining JPMorgan Chase, Gunselman was head of asset liability and balance sheet management at Huntington National Bank in Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He lives in Short Hills, New Jersey, with his wife and two children.

Kenneth Zimmerman

Fellow
New York University's Furman Center
New York, New York

Mr. Zimmerman joined NJCC’s Board in 2009. He is currently a fellow at NYU's Furman Center. He previously served as Director of US Programs at the Open Society Foundation. Prior to joining Open Society in 2012, he was partner in the law firm of Lowenstein & Sandler, chairing the firm’s Center for the Public Interest, the firm’s pro bono practice group. Mr. Zimmerman is a noted civil rights attorney, a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institute’s Metropolitan Policy Program, and an Advisor to Harvard Law School’s Public Service Venture Fund. Prior to joining Lowenstein & Sandler, Mr. Zimmerman served as Chief Counsel to Governor Corzine, was founding Executive Director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, and served on the Obama Administration’s transition team for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He previously served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at HUD, a Senior Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and has held various teaching and fellowship positions. Mr. Zimmerman also serves on the boards of La Casa de Don Pedro, the New Jersey Charter School Association, and Volunteer Lawyers for Justice.

Ellen Brown

Founder
The Doll Loft
South Orange, New Jersey

Ms. Brown joined NJCC’s Board in 2010 and currently serves as a member of the Audit and Finance committees. After 11 years as Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Brown is now a consultant leading a workforce development initiative for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, a Newark-based urban research and advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of New Jersey’s urban areas and residents. In addition to her consulting work, Ms. Brown is also an entrepreneur who manages and operates her own business, The Doll Loft.

Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Brown worked as a development finance program officer for the Ford Foundation in the United States and South Africa and as an investment manager in the corporate finance division of PruCapital, Inc. Ms. Brown also sits on the board of Bethany Cares, the community development organization of Bethany Baptist Church.

Pilar Hogan Closkey

Executive Director
Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society
Camden, New Jersey

Ms. Hogan joined NJCC’s Board in 2012. She is Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society (SJCS), a Camden-based community organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of the people of East Camden by providing homeownership opportunities and neighborhood development programs. In this position, Ms. Hogan has overseen the construction/rehabilitation and sale of nearly 150 houses since 2005. She is also responsible for the management of 43 rental properties located in the City of Camden. Prior to joining SJCS, Ms. Hogan worked as a planner with a private, nonprofit affordable housing developer in Raleigh, North Carolina and as a civil engineer for a large, international consulting engineering firm in Chicago, Illinois.

Ms. Hogan holds Professional Engineering licenses in Illinois and New Jersey, is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey.

Patrick Morrissy (Board Vice Chair)

Orange, New Jersey

Mr. Morrissy joined NJCC’s Board in 2009 and currently serves on the Finance, Corporate Governance, and Policy committees. Mr. Morrissy is the founder and former Executive Director of HANDS, Inc., a nationally-recognized community development corporation focused on driving neighborhood change in Orange and East Orange, NJ. Under his leadership, HANDS led a comprehensive planning process in two Orange neighborhoods and redeveloped 117 problem properties in Orange and East Orange. With Mr. Meyer, he led the formation of Operation Neighborhood Recovery and the bulk purchase of 47 mortgages on vacant homes to redevelop them for affordable homeownership. He is a founder of Shelterforce magazine (1975) and founding board member of the National Housing Institute (1980). Mr. Morrissy also serves on boards of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey and New Jersey Citizen Action.

Wayne Meyer

President
New Jersey Community Capital
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Mr. Meyer joined NJCC’s Board in 2007 and became President in 2009. He is a member of all Board committees. Mr. Meyer provides leadership, establishes strategy, raises funds, and promotes and advocates for policy change on behalf of NJCC, its borrowers, and residents of its target communities. Prior to joining NJCC, Mr. Meyer spent nine years as the Housing Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. (HANDS), a nationally-recognized NeighborWorks America member organization, where he was responsible for all of the organization’s real estate development and financing activities. In this position, Mr. Meyer led the formation of Operation Neighborhood Recovery and the bulk purchase of 47 nonperforming mortgages in distressed Essex County neighborhoods, an initiative that led to the creation and subsequent acquisition by NJCC of the Community Asset Preservation Corporation.

Mr. Meyer is an attorney and CPA with over 20 years of private sector real estate experience. As a recognized leader in the community development industry, Mr. Meyer serves on a number of committees and panels that focus on affordable housing and community stabilization.

Michelle E. Richardson (Board Secretary)

Director Hudson County Department of Parks and Community Services Jersey City, New Jersey Ms. Richardson joined NJCC’s Board in 2014. She is Director of the Hudson County Department of Parks and Community Services. Previously, Ms. Richardson was the Assistant Commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and has worked as the Assistant Commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. As Deputy Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Jersey City, Ms. Richardson was responsible for the development of low-and mixed-income housing and homeownership opportunities for families and senior citizens. Ms. Richardson sits on the boards of the Jersey City Employment and Training Program and Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art. She has served as co-chair of Governor Jon Corzine’s Housing Policy Transition Team and as an advisory committee chairperson for the Greater Newark and Jersey City Program of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

Hanaa Hamdi

National Public Health Director, Healthy Cities
The Trust for Public Land
New York, New York

Dr. Hamdi joined NJCC's Board in 2017.

Bryan Long

Customer and Branch Experience Executive
Wells Fargo
Summit, New Jersey

Mr. Long joined NJCC’s Board in 2017. He is the Customer and Branch Experience Executive within Wells Fargo’s Northeast Community Banking division. In this capacity, he leads the team responsible for building and implementing the strategies to ensure customers have a great experience when visiting Wells Fargo’s 700 branch locations throughout the Northeast. He also is in charge of local marketing, brand building, and change management initiatives across the region. Mr. Long previously held various marketing and branch-based roles throughout his 20+ years with the bank.

Bryan regularly volunteers his time with various nonprofit organizations supporting low income housing, education, and food insecurity. He received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business.